Mattress Recycling helps recycle over 200,000 lbs.
New recycling initiatives are being heard
by businesses and residents in the Metro Vancouver Area. Canadian
Mattress Recycling was forced to rush the opening of their Metro
Vancouver operation to January 2011 in order to handle the increased
capacity of mattresses that were being diverted from the landfill.
Until this year, the majority of mattresses from Canada’s 3rd
largest census population were being dumped in landfills. In
an effort to extend the life of the local landfills, Metro Vancouver
finally recognized that all of the materials in mattresses were
recyclable and passed a bylaw prohibiting mattresses from the
landfills as of January 1, 2011.
Terryl Plotnikoff, general manager, said they have discovered
another unexpected demand: residential customers. “Because of
the $20 charges at the landfills and transfer stations, we’ve
seen hundreds of residents wanting to bring their old mattresses
and box springs directly to us and save money.”
Canadian Mattress Recycling has fielded many calls from residents
wanting a pickup service. “But most of them can’t afford to hire
a junk removal company. So we’ve decided to help those residential
customers that are not able to deliver their mattresses to us.
The demand has been so great that we are now starting weekly
residential pick-up programs in Vancouver/Burnaby/Richmond, Surrey/Delta/Langley,
the North Shore, and the Tri-Cities area.”
Ultimately, the goal of Canadian Mattress Recycling is to help
eliminate all mattresses and box-springs from going into a landfill
in Canada. They also know that, with their pick-up service, they
will be helping the municipalities and taxpayers by reducing
the number of dumped mattresses.